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February 7, 2013
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  Technology Trends 
  • CMS to gather data from long-term-care patients
    A new records system will be created by CMS to gather care quality measure data for long-term-care patients. "The quality measure data is required to be valid, meaningful, and feasible to collect, and to address symptom management, patient preferences and avoidable adverse events," according to the agency. Healthcare IT News (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Technology brings dental care to schools, nursing homes
    A demonstration project in California is providing dental care to low-income schoolchildren, elderly residents of long-term-care facilities and people with disabilities. Dental hygienists and assistants collect dental images with portable equipment and upload them along with patient information to a website, allowing a dentist to evaluate the data and develop a treatment plan or send patients to a local dentist. (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  EHRs and MU 
  • DOD, VA to consolidate data instead of developing common EHR
    The secretaries of the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments have decided to focus their agencies' efforts on using existing solutions to promote interoperability of their health data and end their plan to develop a common EHR. "This approach is affordable, it's achievable, and if we refocus our efforts, we believe we can achieve the key goal of a seamless system for health records between VA and DOD on a greatly accelerated schedule," Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Health group, firms start SMS system for prostate cancer patients
    The Prostate Cancer Foundation, Mobile Commons and Sanofi unveiled a text messaging system called Prost8Care to aid patients with prostate cancer as they cope with the advanced stages of the disease. The program sends patients text messages with health tips, such as ways to manage side effects of chemotherapy. (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Care With IT 
  • Groups ask CMS to expand function of pharmacists in ACO efforts
    The National Association of Chain Drug Stores and National Community Pharmacists Association sent a letter asking CMS to increase the role of pharmacists in accountable care organizations and related efforts. "Permitting pharmacists to practice to their maximum capabilities within these new delivery models would help increase medication adherence and coordination between health care settings," the groups wrote. Chain Drug Review (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fla. health groups to establish ACO
    Florida Blue and Cleveland Clinic Florida agreed to establish an accountable care program that will implement a value-based compensation structure. The program is intended to improve patient satisfaction by boosting care coordination systemwide and promoting patient-doctor partnerships. (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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